A proposed law in Oklahoma could make abortions illegal in the State. The Personhood Act, which was passed by the State Senate in February with a 34-8 vote, defines the word “person” to include an embryo at the moment of conception.
The Personhood Act is expected to be passed through the House in a few weeks.
In order to be enacted, the bill must then be signed by Republican Governor and pro-life advocate Mary Fallin.
While the bill will not explicitly prohibit abortion, opponents are concerned that it will not only make abortion illegal, but that it will limit a couple’s options when planning a family. Doctors fear that if passed, the bill will make in vitro fertilization illegal as well as some forms of birth control.
Also, researchers who work with embryos are concerned about the implications of the bill.